This unit describes the basic speaking and listening performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners of English as an additional language. The unit covers the skills and knowledge necessary to speak and listen to simple texts which are routine and relevant to employment.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required knowledge and skills: - vocabulary to talk about familiar issues such as workplace events, weather, environment, simple current events; - simple sentence structures, such as simple and compound sentences; - questions forms e.g. to seek clarification in conversations; - a range of common high frequency verb tenses and forms, including simple reported speech; - a range of modals and modal forms (positive and negative; - a range of common phrasal verbs; - a range of conjunctions; - a range of discourse markers and cohesive devices; - adjectives, adverbs and some adverbial phrases; - prepositions and prepositional phrases; - paralinguistic features of conversations and transactions to support understanding and communication; - some awareness of how tone, stress and intonation modify meaning; - use mostly intelligible pronunciation with adequate stress and intonation characterised by hesitation and circumlocution; - politeness conventions in conversation; - some awareness of register; - a range of common colloquialisms, and; - everyday numbers in familiar instructions and directions.

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